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Moscow, ID

November 27, 2012
11:50 AM

Post #9343867

I just had to have a large pine tree removed and am looking for something (much smaller) to replace it. The space is between a large pine and cedar, but will receive sun. I live in zone 5 and need a drought tolerant plant. A great option is Cotinus coggygria, but I already have one (purple), but want to explore other options. Another perfect specimen would be an arbor vitae, because of it's size and shape, but I just don't like'em...

Any ideas?
Orlando, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 28, 2012
1:11 PM

Post #9344765

how about a juniper, i think most junipers are low, but Rocky Mountain juniper is shrubby.
or cotoneaster. are you looking for evergreens only?

This message was edited Nov 30, 2012 3:23 PM


central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

November 30, 2012
10:54 AM

Post #9346268

Do want something evergreen?


central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

November 30, 2012
10:56 AM

Post #9346269

Does it receive all day sun?


Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

December 1, 2012
6:36 PM

Post #9347235

The Tree Lilacs (Syringa reticulata, Syringa pekinensis) are good choices to consider, if the size range you are looking for approximates the Cotinus coggygria that you have mentioned.

Some others:

**Acer truncatum
**Cotinus obovatus
**Quercus gambelii
**Quercus georgiana
**Quercus marilandica
**Crataegus viridis 'Winter King'

All of these perform well in drier sites, especially here in the Ohio River valley region.
Moscow, ID

December 14, 2012
7:27 AM

Post #9357962

Evergreen would be nice, but not absolutely necessary. The sun situation is something I haven't 100% figured out yet - the space is on the north side of the house, but doesn't get house shade. The big trees to the east and west of it'll give it some shade as the sun rises and sets, but I think it'll get lots of sun for most of the day...

Tall juniper's a possibility - and now off to check the list VibV posted - thanks!

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